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Holding Festivals To Bid Farewell To A Pilgrim And To Welcome Him

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
English
100Level, Nigeria.
Question

Assalaamu Alaikum. In some cultures,
gatherings and celebrations are held for
Hajjis before leaving to Makkah and
when they are received back home. Is it
the Sunnah of the Prophet ? What
do you think of these traditions? I am
afraid that such celebrations could be
some sort of showing off that may
lessen the benefits gained from Hajj. I
look forward to your response as I have
been searching through the web for
answers but could not find any. May
Allah bless you.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His slave
and Messenger.

It is not an act of Sunnah to organize a
festival to bid farewell to a pilgrim
(when he sets off for Hajj) or to
welcome him (when he comes back),
and believing that it is a Sunnah to
organize such a festival is a religious
innovation. Moreover, if the purpose of
organizing a festival is showing off,
then this is a sin, and showing off
invalidates acts of good deeds; Allah
Says (what means): {And it was already
revealed to you and to those before you
that if you should associate [anything]
with Allah, your work would surely
become worthless, and you would
surely be among the losers.}[Quran
39:65]

However, it is permissible to just gather
to say good bye to a pilgrim as well as
to welcome him when he comes back in
order to say Salaam to him, even if this
gathering is accompanied with serving
food as an act of being grateful to
Allah. Indeed the jurists when
mentioning the desirable food
invitations, they mentioned among them
the food that is prepared for someone
who comes back from a travel and the
food that a person who returns from a
travel prepares for the people who visit
him. This is in regard to a person who
comes back from a travel, whether it is
from Hajj or else.

Allah Knows best.

www.islamweb.net/en/article/173075/holding-festivals-to-bid-farewell-to-a-pilgrim-and-to-welcome-him

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